Customs Expected to Close for Holidays

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2015.02.13 5:54pm SHARE Operations will halt at Sinuiju CustomsHouse, the main portal to and from Dandong, in observance of late leader Kim Jong Il’s day ofbirth on February 16th, remaining closed through the Lunar New Year holiday. Dandong Customs House will also remained closed for the same duration of 10 days, as China observes North Korean holidays–and vice versa. “Kim Jong Il’sbirthday is celebrated as an official holiday on February 16th and 17th, andbecause the Lunar New Year holiday follows, it looks like we’ll be celebrating a double holiday,” asource in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on Thursday. “The following Monday, February 23rd, is also a holiday, so thecustoms offices in North Korea and China will not work for ten days, bringingall trade to a halt.”  Dandong Customs House [left]; North Korean trucks packed with goods in Dandong City. Image: Daily NK US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again NewsEconomy Customs Expected to Close for Holidays News center_img Despite the quarantine put in place due topotential Ebola virus threats, people are still gearing up for the long holiday, sofood, alcohol, and other goods to sell at the markets have been flooding the customs offices.Traders and members of the public placemore significance on preparing for the Lunar New Year over Kim Jong Il’s birthday, with increasing numbers of people flocking to themarkets to buy gifts for their immediate and extended families. “Wholesale market vendors have been waiting at the office to receivegoods from Dandong [China] coming in on trucks, so there’s a lot of commotion at times,” the sourcesaid. A different source located in Dandongconfirmed this movement, saying, “Lately trade has beenup between the North and China [in this region], and especially ahead of thesetwo holidays there has been a massive influx of manufactured goods flowing intothe North.” A steady stream of fresh flowers forcelebrations related to the birthday of Kim Jong Il is also flowing through thecustoms houses ahead of the holidays.   More are more trucks have been filling thecity’s streets, packed with goods North Korean sellersare buying in bulk to take back into the North. “It’s easy to spot trucks with North Korean plate numbers in downtownDandong,” she said. Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more